How to grow Cranberry hibiscus

Cranberry hibiscus plant grow and care – shrub‎ of the genus Hibiscus and also known as Rosemallow or Hibiscus acetosella, Cranberry hibiscus plant evergreen perennial plant in cold climate become annual plant, grown for the edible leaves but mostly used as ornamental plant for the colored leaves and can be hedge plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical, temperate, tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone: 9+ (as perennial) 5-8 (as annual).

Cranberry hibiscus edible leaves and flowers

Leaves edible and arranged in lobes 3-5, in shadow the leaves are green in full sun become purple-bourdeaux, leaves delineate in the edges. The leaves are edible tart to sour it contain oxalic acid, buds are also edible and slightly sour and can be used for beverage,

Flower color pink-purple with 5 petals

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How to grow Cranberry hibiscus growing and care:

Humid, moist soil, well-drained soil, rich soil, organic material, mulch to keep the moist

How to care:
Add fertilize at least once, put mulch to keep the soil moist, organic matter and humus, prune once a year

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction – cutting

How to propagate by cutting:
Propagating by cutting better to start in the early spring or with temperature of 20-26C (68-79F)and better before the plant start to grow after the dormant, better to choose stems that not going to bloom, requirements: moist soil, high humidity, peat soil, hormone for root growth, highly recommend to use green house (or small plastic box with holes) it will take few weeks.

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but with cutting ensure the color of the flower and the size of the plants, not hard to start by seeds

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Might be invasive in the tropical

Recommended planting season?
Spring as annual plant or as perennial in hardiness zone 9-10a, spring to summer in hardiness zone 10b, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11, all year in hardiness zone 12+

How to plant:
Dig hole bigger 50% more than the roots ball, add to the hole, organic matter, dead leaves and hummus put back some soil and mix it, after this put the cover lightly but strong enough that won’t fall put support for the plant if needed, if the plant is not stable consider to prune, water it twice in the first day and every day for two weeks put water more than the regular, better to add the fertilizer after the plant establish.

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, mealy bugs, mites

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Weak branches, dead flower and leaves

Size of the plant?
0.5-1.5 m, 2-5 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water to big amount of water in warm weather

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in pots, planter, flowerpot or containers:
Yes, when growing in pot need 50% bigger than the roots ball, every time that switch the container to bigger switch some of the soil to new soil until arrive to the desirable container size, after that every few years better to switch part of the soil and cut some roots, no need to take the plant out just from the side of the container, can grow in container of 10-20L (2-4 gallons) can grow in bigger, soil can be potting soil, mixture of peat soil and perlite or other light mixed soil, water it regularly and care when put bottom for the pot be aware not to let the water stay there too many days, need to add humus, organic matter, fertilizer and mulch to cover the soil to keep it moist.

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Pink-purple flower with 5 petals

Thinning the bloom:
Possible to thinning better for the leaves

Pollination is done by:
Bees / fly/ butterfly

Edible leaves

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn (in the tropic all year)

How to harvest the leaves?
Harvesting young full grown leaves cut next to the stems or with all the stems

Information about leaves:
Leaves are arranged in lobes 3-5, in shadow the leaves are green in full sun become purple-bourdeaux, leaves delineate in the edges. The leaves are edible tart to sour it contain oxalic acid, buds are also edible and slightly sour and can be used for beverage

Uses of Cranberry hibiscus leaves:
Cooked, stir fry, rolled leaves

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Sowing requirement:
Moist soil, 20-26C (68-82F), humidity, full sun and possible in half sun and need high humidity

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark location and keep the seeds in the refrigerators

Sowing season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn (more important the temperature) and in location with cold winter better not in the autumn

How to plant:
Plant in soil that stay moist and don’t let the soil dry

Planting spacing:
3*5cm to transplant and better not to transplant it before 5 leaves, direct it’s depend 1*1m (40*40)

Depth of Sowing:
0.5-1cm (0.25-0.5 inch) but cover lightly and don’t push

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Full sun, moist soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
14-25 days

Condition of seedling:
After five leaves possible to add fertilizer and to put mulch

Scientific name:

Hibiscus acetosella

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Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible leaves
Culinary uses
  • Cooked
Flower colors
  • Pink flower
  • Purple flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
Leaf color
  • Purple leaf
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9